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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sensō-ji

Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of the nearby Sumida-gawa by two fishermen in AD 628. The image…
Top Choice Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on – for 15 days each January, May and September – catch the big boys in action at Japan’s largest sumo stadium. Doors open at 8am, but the action doesn’t heat up until the sen…
Top Choice Museum in Asakusa & Sumida River

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo's history museum documents the city's transformation from tidal flatlands to feudal capital to modern metropolis via detailed scale recreations of townscapes, villas and tenement homes, plus artefacts such as …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Fukagawa Fudō-dō

Belonging to the esoteric Shingon sect, this is very much an active temple where you can attend one of the city's most spectacular religious rituals. Goma (fire rituals) take place daily in an auditorium in the Hond…
Top Choice Pub in Asakusa & Sumida River

Popeye

Popeye boasts an astounding 70 beers on tap, including the world's largest selection of Japanese beers – from Echigo Weizen to Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout. The happy-hour deal (5pm to 8pm, from 3pm on Sat) offers …
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Onigiri Yadoroku

Onigiri (rice-ball snacks), usually wrapped in crispy sheets of nori (seaweed), are a great Japanese culinary invention. And they're not just convenience store snacks: try them fresh at Tokyo's oldest onigiri shop, …
Top Choice Vintage in Asakusa & Sumida River

Tokyo Hotarudo

This curio shop is run by an eccentric young man who prefers to dress as if the 20th century hasn't come and gone already. If you think that sounds marvellous, then you'll want to check out his collection of vintage…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Asakusa Imahan

For a meal to remember, swing by this famous beef restaurant, in business since 1895. Choose between courses of sukiyaki (sauteed beef dipped in raw egg) and shabu-shabu (beef blanched in broth); prices rise accordi…
Top Choice Cafe in Asakusa & Sumida River

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English-speaking pastry cook Yamada Miwako runs this delightful cafe that's combined with a boutique selling the quality leathergoods of Tamura Kosuke. There's good coffee and smoothies to go with some snacks such a…
Top Choice Stationery in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kakimori

Stationery lovers flock from far and wide to this shop that allows you to custom build your own notebooks (from around ¥1000), choosing the paper, covers, binding and other bits and pieces to make a unique keepsake.…